Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A stanza of four lines, especially one having alternate rhymes.
- ‘Smith's ‘illegitimate’ sonnet consists of three elegiac quatrains and a couplet, thus combining both English elegiac meters.’
- ‘Valery subtly suggests the progression of evening in the language of the second quatrain's closing lines.’
- ‘His earlier work tends to be written in traditional rhymed quatrains but, as he matured, he dropped the rhymes and worked in a freer but still basically alexandrine movement.’
- ‘As well as writing in free verse, his poems are often structured in two or three-line stanzas or quatrains, frequently, although not always, with a rhyme scheme.’
- ‘We hear iambs, trochees, Virgil's hexameters, the Norse alliterative lines, each arranged in their various couplets, quatrains, choric stanzas, gnomic verses, and much more besides.’
- ‘The source texts are then reformed into single aphoristic lines, couplets, quatrains, and whole poems.’
- ‘The pantoum is a Malay verse form consisting of an indefinite number of quatrains with the second and fourth lines of each quatrain repeated as the first and third lines of the following one.’
- ‘Also of note formally are a few poems with blippy little quatrains of one to two words per line, one of which is the frolicsome ‘Leopard Spirit Society’.’
- ‘O'Hara has divided the poem into four unrhymed quatrains, with each of first three consisting of one self-contained sentence.’
- ‘Jaques's assertion of the presence of the object world as a link to the past and a means to achieve wholeness in the present is echoed in her conventional poetics, dominated by her preference for rhyming couplets and quatrains.’
- ‘The play is written in verse which varies between alternately rhyming quatrains and stanzaic form, the effect being lyric rather than dramatic.’
- ‘I curled up with Nash's couplets, quatrains, limericks and occasional jeremiads.’
- ‘Presumably to save space, verse is cited in two parallel columns, read across rather than down, with the effect that ‘The Character of a Happy Life’ appears at first glance to be written in obscure couplets rather than limpid quatrains.’
- ‘To analyze a sonnet into quatrains and tercets is to recognize it as a sonnet, and so to relate it to a conventional lyrical category.’
- ‘Imagine hearing the lines of the second quatrain as a series of introductions.’
- ‘Narrative folk ballads of Mexican origin typically have regular metrical features such as rhyming quatrains and use traditional imagery.’
- ‘Ballads are most often first-person narratives told in rhyming quatrains of Hiberno-English, and dealing with matters such as love and war.’
- ‘The reply and counter-reply must be given in the form of a quatrain with a rhyme scheme of a-b-c-b.’
- ‘The hymn stanza grew out of the ballad stanza: four beats, three beats, four beats, three beats in alternating isochronous lines of varying numbers of syllables locked in a rhyming quatrain.’
- ‘By the time he has finished the first stanza, this is the form he seems to have chosen: a three-stress-per-line stanza of four lines, a quatrain in which the second and fourth lines rhyme.’
Late 16th century: from French, from quatre four.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.